Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Kansas state education officials have decided not to apply for the second phase of a federal education grant.
The Kansas Board of Education voted Tuesday not to continue competing with other states for a Race to the Top grant.
The $4.35 billion Race to the Top Fund rewards states for making major changes and provides incentives to improve education.
Kansas was one of 40 states that applied for the first phase of the competition. It received 329.6 points for its first grant application. A score of 400 was required to be considered for a grant.
Several board members said it was unlikely Kansas would improve its standing because it is a local-control state, which leaves most decisions for school districts with local school boards. They said the grant process seemed to favor urban states.